3 tips to get a good night’s sleep
When you can’t sleep, you’re always tired. It’s a struggle to get through the day, to focus on your work, to find the energy you need.
Lack of sleep can lead to a host of problems as well, contributing to depression, trouble with your relationships at home, and weight gain as your metabolism stops working effectively.
If you find yourself fighting to get a solid period of rest night after night, take advantage of the following tips and sleep easy again.
1. Avoid eating and alcohol before bed
One of the best things you can do to sleep well is to establish a regular routine each night before bed. That includes avoiding food or alcohol shortly before bed.
Eating before bedtime can affect your blood sugar levels and digestion, making your restless in the night. Alcohol is misleading. While it may make you feel relaxed and help you to fall asleep, studies have shown that it will actually be disruptive over the course of the night.
2. Don’t go to sleep overtired
As you establish a routine for bed, avoid hitting the sack overtired. Get to sleep at the same time each night, giving yourself time to unwind and relax before you turn in. A cool, dark bedroom will help as well. If you stay up too late and allow yourself to become overtired, you may find yourself struggling to fall into a deep sleep.
3. Address snoring or sleep disorders
If a sleep disorder, such as snoring or sleep apnea, is at the heart of the matter, you probably want to find solutions. Snoring and sleep apnea can be caused by a misaligned bite due to TMJ, a disorder with your temporomandibular joint. If it is misaligned, it could cause blockages of your airways during the night. This can affect the quality of your sleep.
What’s stopping you from sleeping well?
A visit to a dentist to discuss potential, dental treatment options for your troubles with sleeping, could help you overcome your sleep disorder. While dentists do not diagnose sleep disorders, they can help you find a sleep specialist or sleep clinic to get an accurate diagnosis.
If snoring or sleep apnea are at the root of your sleep problem, an oral appliance or TMJ treatment options could help you get back to healthy sleep.
If you would like to learn more about dental treatment options for TMJ, sleep apnea or snoring, please come in for a consultation.
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